NDOLA, June 14 - Copperbelt deputy Permanent Secretary, Mulonda Mulonda has said empowering girls in learning institutions is the key to attaining the 30 per cent female participation in political and decision making structures Government is advocating for.
Mr Mulonda said the girl child had a special place in his heart and that providing a basic human right of education gave the children chance to build a solid base.
He was speaking at a fundraising dinner dance for the Dominican Convent school for girls at Savoy Hotel in Ndola.
"We are talking about achieving 30 per cent female participation. The convent is achieving 100 per cent girl child participation. We are required to consider how best to progress girl child education," he said.
The dinner dance was organised by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the school, who intend to raise funds for the construction of five teachers' houses.
One house is valued at K145 million.
Mr Mulonda also said that in the policy document, Government encouraged cost sharing as it was not able to provide everything because of scarce resources.
He said such functions were important to the community and urged all parents to contribute so that the project could succeed.
First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa who was expected to be the guest of honour at the same function could not attend due to other commitments.
And speaking at the same occasion, PTA chairperson Patrick Chimya said teachers were in desperate need of accommodation and without it, school results would not improve.
"The two key groups are the teachers and the children, if a teacher doesn't have decent accommodation, the performance would always be bad," he said.
Mr Chimya appealed to well wishers and all former convent school pupils to come forward and assist.